The North Could Become a Frontline in a New Cold War

The thawing of the polar ice promises Arctic nations new opportunities to open ocean trade routes and offshore oil fields.

But the chill in relations between Western powers and their Arctic neighbor Russia could make the North a frontline in a new Cold War.

Senior envoys from the countries of the Arctic Council will meet on Thursday in the Canadian Arctic city of Iqaluit, on Baffin Island.


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